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ModSecurity Open Source Web Application Firewall Released


Wednesday, October 18, 2006; 03:28 AM

Breach Security, Inc. announced the release of the ModSecurity version 2.0 open source Web application firewall. ModSecurity version 2.0 provides greater flexibility, enhanced attack detection, and support for XML and Web Services. At the same time, Breach Security is releasing the ModSecurity Console for monitoring multiple sensors and ModSecurity Core Rules that together provide easy-to-deploy baseline Web application security.

"ModSecurity version 2.0 is the next generation code -- it is a complete rewrite," said Ivan Ristic, chief evangelist, Breach Security, Inc. "I am pleased that the original architecture lasted for several years, but it is now time to move on. The new architecture builds on everything we have learned and paves the way for serving a broader range of organizations with advanced Web application security."

ModSecurity is a highly flexible Web application firewall that can be used for a wide range of functions including Web application monitoring, Web intrusion detection and prevention, as well as "just in time" patching of known vulnerabilities. It can be used embedded into the Apache Web server, or standalone, with the ability to protect multiple Web servers of any type. New capabilities include:

  *  Session Management: ModSecurity v2.0 can track and monitor user
     sessions providing protection against session hijacking and support
     for session-based anomaly detection.

  *  Events correlation: enables detection of attacks spanning multiple
     requests such as brute force and denial of service attacks, as well as
     attack reconnaissance.  This enables ModSecurity v2.0 to block hackers
     before they can launch a significant attack.

  *  Enhanced Analysis Engine: more granular rules facilities provide
     focused analysis of specific HTTP components, such as only searching
     for a signature in response headers.

  *  XML Content Analysis: ModSecurity now supports analyzing XML and can be
     configured to protect Web Services.

In addition to releasing ModSecurity v2.0, Breach Security also introduced the ModSecurity Core Rules and the ModSecurity Console. With the Core Rules, ModSecurity v2.0 is easier to deploy and delivers immediate protection for Web applications. The Core Rules detect common Web application security issues such as SQL injection, Cross-Site Scripting (XSS) and OS Command Execution. Breach Security has certified the rules set to be effective and efficiently written.

The ModSecurity Console is a network-based tool designed to collect logs and alerts from remote ModSecurity sensors in real-time, providing security analysts with a single interface for monitoring the security of their Web applications. The ModSecurity Console manages up to three sensors. It is offered free-of-charge for a limited time.

"With the availability of ModSecurity v2.0, Breach Security can now serve a broader range of organizations with the new architecture enabling us to deliver on the promise of a Web application firewall for everyone," said Marc Shinbrood, CEO, Breach Security, Inc. "We are proud of Ivan's achievements and will continue to support the development and improvement of the open source Web application firewall."

Breach Security said it will continue to leverage the ModSecurity version 2.0 code base to introduce low cost, in-line Web application firewall appliances to serve the small-to-medium business community. Early next year, the company will deliver enterprise data center appliances for large organizations managing high-volume business critical Web applications.

ModSecurity v2.0, the ModSecurity Console and the Core Rules are all available for download free-of-charge at



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